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Water Use Fell 23% Since March as LA Reports Driest 2-Year Total

July 1 (Bloomberg) -- The California unit of the largest publicly traded water company in the U.S. said customers in the Sacramento area have cut usage by 23 percent since March compared with the same period in 2012 and 2013.

American Water Works Co.’s California subsidiary, which provides water and wastewater services to about 600,000 people, said in a statement that water use normally triples in the summer yet with the state’s severe drought continuing, clients’ voluntary conservation measures reduced use by almost a quarter.

Farmers have idled hundreds of thousands of acres as the most populous U.S. state endures a third year of drought. When Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January, he called for a voluntary 20 percent cut in water usage.

The report came as downtown Los Angeles had its driest two-year stretch since records began in 1877 for the July 1 to June 30 period -- a total of 11.93 inches for 2012-2014 seasons, according to the National Weather Service Los Angeles.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Randall Hackley in London at rhackley@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Randall Hackley at rhackley@bloomberg.net

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